Seattlesong – The Looper Sessions Part 4
The fourth and final installment of Jarvix’s “As You Are: The Looper Sessions” video performance series is, “Seattlesong.”
This four-video solo performance series features three new original songs and one alternate version of a selection from Jarvix’s last year’s Hugh Manatee album with each video shot entirely in single takes with filmmaker Jake Kelley. “As You Are: The Looper Sessions” is about vulnerability and privacy, hope and hesitancy, and light and dark. In making these songs, Jarvix used a looping pedal and so overdubs stacked in real time and captured a spontaneous balance of human imperfection and inspiration that comes with raw performance. Building upon the overdubs and the themes of the lyrics, he explores the isolation of safety and the nervous excitement of new ventures.
From Jarvix on Seattlesong:
[pullquote-right]”I thought this expression of love from a great literal distance fit the tone of what Jake & I were doing with this. The videos and songs all deal with distance and isolation. “Seattlesong” shines a light into the dark and says that you are important. You are worth the fight. There is beauty in you.”[/pullquote-right]The capstone of the series is “Seattlesong,” which is the positive, sunny conclusion everything has been building toward. It doesn’t say that life is wholly great or that everything is gonna be okay because I honestly don’t believe either of those things. It finds the beauty within it all and clings to the most important thing in the world — love.
I explicitly wrote this for my brother, who moved out to Seattle a couple of years ago. It’s an expression of love for him and confidence in what he’s doing. Despite all of the flaws I know he sees in himself, he’s my favorite person on the planet.
Tonally, I thought this expression of love from a great literal distance fit the tone of what Jake & I were doing with this. The videos and songs all deal with distance and isolation. “Seattlesong” shines a light into the dark and says that you are important. You are worth the fight. There is beauty in you.
And brilliantly, Jake filmed it all in handheld with golden natural lighting. Lots of close-ups, ending on the beautiful instrument that I personally know has saved its own share of lives — the ukulele.
The lyrics are written into the closed captions, so turn that feature on for them.
The Venue will present Jarvix and Beau’s Double Release Show, an 8-act bill celebrating two new releases from local musicians Jarvix and Beau Mansfield. The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 30 beginning 7 pm at the newly-branded event space in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District. The Venue, located at 1757 NW 16th St., is the latest venture from the owners of District House and The Parish and will coexist in the same space as The Parish. Admission is $8.
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